Everyone has heard the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and research now indicates this is truer than ever. Apples are low in calories, and eating them has been associated with a decreased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes. If your senior loved one is hesitant to jump on the apple bandwagon, Prescott elderly care experts have some creative ideas that may help get him or her on board with enjoying the benefits of this amazing superfood.
Apple Cinnamon Smoothie
This warm beverage makes a delicious breakfast drink, and all you need to do is boil and blend chunks of apple with a handful of pecans and a sprinkle of cinnamon. The apple gives your loved one a boost of vitamin C, and the pecans are full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Add in the anti-inflammatory benefits of cinnamon, and your loved one has a healthy start to his or her day.
Pumpkin and Apple Black Bean Chili
This dish can be made with or without meat because the beans provide plenty of protein. To create the base of the chili, add a can of black beans and some pumpkin puree, a superfood full of potassium, magnesium, and fiber. As the chili cooks, add in chunks of apple along with spices such as cayenne and cumin, which are great for regulating insulin.
Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips
If you’re looking for a healthier snack food to keep your loved one’s sweet cravings satisfied, use a mandoline to make thin slices of apples and dust them with cinnamon before baking. Your loved one’s digestive system can benefit from the fiber in the apples, and the cinnamon can help reduce your loved one’s blood sugar if he or she has diabetes.
Carrot and Apple Soup
Shredded carrots and apples can be stewed until they turn into a warm, delicious soup perfect for every season. In addition to the benefits the apples offer, the carrots add a boost of vitamins A and K, along with carotenoids associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. To heighten the flavor, add seasonings such as garlic, which can stave off viruses and heal inflammation.
Though eating apples has many benefits for the elderly, this fruit is not the only path to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For additional strategies to help your loved one stay focused on a nutritious diet, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We offer flexible part-time and live-in care plans, and we also offer comprehensive Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and stroke care Prescott families trust. For more information on our senior care services, call one of our knowledgeable Care Managers at (928) 771-0105 to schedule a free in-home consultation.